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Western Tanager

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Photo by JvhigbeeSpanaway, Washington, USA, May 2005
Photo by Jvhigbee
Spanaway, Washington, USA, May 2005
Piranga ludoviciana

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[edit] Identification

17 cm (6.½ in)
Both sexes have a pointed, but fairly stout, pale bill
Breeding Male

  • Bright red face
  • Yellow neck, underparts, shoulder and rump
  • Black back, wings, tail
  • White lower wing bar, white to yellow upper wing bar
FemalePhoto by ducbuclnKelseyville, California, October 2012
Female
Photo by ducbucln
Kelseyville, California, October 2012

Adult Female:

  • Yellow head and underparts
  • Olive-grey back
  • Grey wings with white lower and white or yellowish upper wing bar
  • Underparts color variable yellow to whitish

Non-breeding and Immature: Similar to adult female

[edit] Distribution

Breeds from Alaska southward to just north of Mexico and eastward to Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico; winters in the Central America; rare vagrant to the east coast of North America north to the maritime provinces of Canada.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species is monotypic.[1]

[edit] Habitat

Open coniferous forests of douglas fir, spruce, and pine, mixed woodlands with aspen trees, oak-pinyon woodlands of higher mountains. Also found in lowlands during migration.

[edit] Behaviour

JuvenilePhoto by MarkVanWykVernon, British Columbia, August 2012
Juvenile
Photo by MarkVanWyk
Vernon, British Columbia, August 2012

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists almost entirely of insects (mostly wasps) and ants, with the addition of fruit, and some buds.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song is similar to American Robin in its short, fluty phrases rendered with a pause between phrases.
Call is A dry pit-r-ic

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)
  3. BF Member observations

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